Kiranpal Singh

Born in Dar-es-Salam (Tanzania) on 13th December 1957 and subsequently educated in England, Kiranpal Singh's first music study was the Tabla, which he pursued under the guidance of Shree Ripudhamman Singh of Punjab Gharana from 1970 to 1977. His potential, as an artiste of the highest calibre, was recognised by his Holiness Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji Maharaj, spiritual Head of the Namdhari Sikhs, on a visit to the UK, and His Holiness bountifully arranged for Kiranpal to be sent to Bombay to study Santoor in the traditional way under Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma. He completed twelve years of study as an outstanding student, mastering the subtleties and intricacies of the instrument in such a commanding way, that he is now recognised as a leading disciple of Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, and in his own right as the principal Santoor player in UK, and one of a dedicated few in Europe. Kiranpal has been in England since 1987 and has gained respect and admiration for his virtuoso performances in the UK, Europe and beyond, in recitals, festivals and lecture demonstrations. Admired by both audiences and critics, his mastery of the advanced techniques of the instrument, combined with a creative flair and spontaneous imagination, has developed a recognisable individuality in his performances. This, in turn, has led him to be sought after as a co-leader of ground-breaking developmental and cross-cultural projects, whilst continuing to advance the presentation of Indian Classical music to ever widening audience through his solo work.

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